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Karuizawa 1969 Single Bourbon Cask #8183

Lot: 272596

Karuizawa 1969 Single Bourbon Cask #8183

Winning Bid: £6,800
(Reserve has been met) This lot currently has: 7 bids

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Lot: 272596
Distillery: 
Karuizawa
Age: 
42 Year Old
Vintage: 
1969
Region: 
Japan
Bottler: 
Number One Drinks
Cask Type: 
400 Litre Ex-Bourbon Cask
Bottled Strength: 
61.3%
Bottle Size: 
70cl
Distillery Status: 
Closed
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Karuizawa 1969 Single Bourbon Cask #8183

Karuizawa distillery was established in 1955 in the town of Miyota on the southern slopes of Mount Asama. It began production the following year, producing single malt for the Ocean blends from Daikoku Budoshu. Initially it was difficult for the distillery to obtain malt, but a lift on import restrictions in 1958 meant the distillery was able to experiment with the production of a Speyside-esque product, importing the same golden promise barely used at Macallan, and sherry casks. The subsequent quality of output saw it appearing in Japan as a single malt for the first time in the 1980s. Sadly, the Japanese whisky market was not strong at the time, and Karuizawa was closed in 2001 by owners, Mercian, and eventually dismantled. Its legacy is lives on however, with its still relocated to other distilleries in Japan, but predominantly in the hugely sought-after single cask releases that began to appear in 2007, from independent bottler, Number One Drinks. It is now one of the most prestige single malts on the planet, the reverence for which only grows as the remaining stock continues to thin.

It is amazing that whiskies such as this have been bottled in recent years given how few casks of Karuizawa are remaining. There are now not many as old as this and we doubt there will be many (if any at all) that will match this age in the future.

Distilled in December 1969 and bottled 42 years later in August 2012, this is legendary cask #8183 which, oddly, is a 400 litre ex-bourbon cask.

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